Refereeing at NorWest

As a fully aligned Ontario Soccer program, we use exclusively Ontario Soccer & Canada Soccer certified referees. NorWest offers club orientation & continued education to help those interested!

In order to become a Referee in our program, you must be turning 14 years of age & have completed Ontario Soccer or Canada Soccer team official certifications.

We are proud to support Long Term Official Development through our club.

Becoming a Match Official (aka "Referee")

For those looking to become a match official, you will need to begin by registering for a match official certification course offered by Ontario Soccer. Once certified you will be a registered match official with Ontario Soccer and have access to RefCentre in order to be scheduled to officiate Rep games. In order to officiate NorWest Soccer Recreational games, you will need to apply to be a match official through Power Up.

Steps to Becoming a Referee with NorWest

How-to Guide: 

Step #1: Complete at least one of the following listed courses:

Step #2: Set up the appropriate online accounts.

Step #3: Submit a Volunteer Application within PowerUp using the "I Can Help" link

Step #4: Set your availability within RefCentre and PowerUp (once Approved) be SURE to keep Fun Day ava!

Step #5: Keep checking your email for game assignments May-Aug!

Returning Refs:

If you already have your referee certificate(s), email a PDF to; you just need to register with us to referee for the 2024 season ---> If you forget, skip down a section for a reminder on how!

Why referee with us?
Well, you've already chosen us as your club for playing, so why not ref here too?! 

Minimum game requirements: 

Registering as a NorWest Referee:

Referees that have passed the certification course will be required to attend an orientation at the NW office the week of May 15th. More info will follow after you are registered to referee with the club!

If you have questions, please contact: Jack,

Interested in becoming a NeW Referee?

The way Match Officials Accreditation Clinics are delivered has been redesigned by Ontario Soccer. Most of the Clinic process now takes place online via RefCentre, with only one component of the process taking place in-person and on-field. We recommend you review The Student User Guide at the link provided.

Click on this link If you have any questions, please contact Ontario Soccer directly, as they now host the courses, so will have more answers.

Keep course dates open!

Note: Ontario Soccer includes the referee registration for the year in the course fee. Refs must renew their referee registration every year going forward. This is done in their RefCentre account.